Cheat’s rosemary pizza bread with pink peppered goat’s cheese, bresaola and figs

Friday, 22 February 2019|Baking, Dinner, Nibbles|

My search for the perfect fig for a TV commercial led me to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at Granger Bay last Saturday. If you are remotely a foodie and have never been, this market next to the V&A Waterfront is an absolute must-visit. The quality of their produce is just stupendous, but more about this market […]

Grandma’s hot-milk chocolate cake

Wednesday, 6 February 2019|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Cake is not really a thing I would cross the Kalahari barefoot for – with two possible exceptions: 1) cheesecake, but only a decent oven-baked one and… 2) chocolate cake – the darker and richer, the better. Chocolate cake recipes made with hot milk are not exactly something new. Every self-respecting church fête baker has a trusted recipe that’s mostly guarded […]

Milk tart mille feuille

Monday, 12 November 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Christmas is coming folks! I know this because this past Saturday I finally capitulated – and put up all my Christmas decorations. It may seem early, but given that I’ve been contemplating doing so since the beginning of October, I think I’ve shown remarkable restraint. I obviously feel about Christmas the way a 5-year-old does – super duper excited. So now […]

Milk tart macarons

Tuesday, 28 August 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|

Milk tart macarons – yes you heard me right, I’m making them a thing. For bite-sized morsels of yumminess with loads of Parisian elegance, few things beat macarons. Possibly Madeleines, but then Madeleines are what I enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. In my book macarons beg for Champagne, so not really […]

Anne Burrell’s focaccia

Tuesday, 12 June 2018|Baking|

Baking bread is just about one of the most satisfying things I can think of doing in a kitchen. Short of eating it, that is. And it doesn’t come much easier than gorgeous focaccia. Buy one in a shop and you need to take out a second mortgage. I don’t get it because, really, the ingredients are super cheap and […]

A 200-year-old soetkoekie recipe

Tuesday, 13 February 2018|Baking|Tags: |

It’s not everyday that one gets to experiment with a recipe that’s over 200 years old. Last Saturday was such an occasion. Early morning saw me nursing my first cup of coffee on the front stoep. My neighbourhood’s resident guinea fowl came calling; territorial squirrels chased each other along the telephone line running from the street to my house; and […]